The Michele Bachmann campaign is calling her quip about God and natural disasters an obvious joke. But the incident sheds some light on her style and resilience as a campaigner.
“Washington, D.C., you’d think by now they’d get the message. An earthquake, a hurricane, are you listening? The American people have done everything they possibly can. Now it’s time for an act of God and we’re getting it,” Representative Bachmann said during a campaign stop in Florida.
It seems as if she’s joking here, as opposed to making a serious theological argument. After all, if God really wanted to convey a message on fiscal policy, He’d just set up a lunch date with Tim Geithner, right?
The people in the audience are laughing, and she’s kind of smiling. Plus, her campaign said it was a joke.
“Obviously she was saying it in jest,” said Bachmann campaign spokeswoman Alice Stewart in a statement to reporters.